Federal Program Offers Free Day Care Meals

Children and adults enrolled in day care facilities may be eligible for free meals through the Child and Adult Care Food Program coordinated by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture.

For Immediate Release: September 12, 2012
Contact: Lynne Richmond  (609) 633-2954

(TRENTON) -- All day care facilities and their participants should be aware that children and adults enrolled in day care facilities may be eligible for free meals through the Child and Adult Care Food Program coordinated by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture.

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federally-funded program that reimburses sponsoring agencies that provide healthy meals and snacks at no charge to children and adults enrolled in licensed or approved day care facilities or family day care homes.

Meals are available at no separate charge to all enrolled participants in the Child and Adult Care Food Program and are served without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. 

Following are the Income Eligibility Guidelines used in determining eligibility for free and reduced price meals for the period from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013:


Effective from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013

Family Size

Free Yearly Income

Reduced Yearly Income













Each Additional

Family Member


+$ 5,148



The Child and Adult Care Food Program is funded by the Food and Nutrition Service, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and is operated in accordance with USDA policy, which does not permit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability in the meal service, admissions policy or use of any Adult Food Program facility.

To file a complaint of discrimination, write to the USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, or call, toll free, (866) 632-9992 (Voice),  (800) 877-8339 (TDD) or (866) 377-8642 (Relay Voice Users). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

To learn more about the CACFP and the participating centers in a particular area, contact the New Jersey Department of Agriculture at (609) 984-1250.  For more information about any of USDA’s nutrition assistance programs, write to the USDA, Food and Nutrition Service, Child Nutrition Division, 3101 Park Center Drive, Alexandria, VA 22302, or visit the web site at http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/Care/.

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marylou September 17, 2012 at 12:52 PM
I do know a few families who live in Germany and they have nothing bad to say about the care they receive.If someone has high blood pressure,the medical professionals don't just prescribe drugs to control it.They advise patients to lower their sodium intake and get exercise 1st.In other words,they don't look to pills to treat conditions that can be controled woth lifestyle changes.Very nuch like things used to be done in the USA.Every drug has side affects.Some people in this country take drugs to treat the side affects from other drugs they are taking. Patients are not given MRIs to rule out brain tumors if they have a headache,either.
marylou September 17, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Donna.My ancestors have been in the US sonce long before Ellis Is.My husband's grandparents came from eastern Europe as teenagers during that time.True,no signs in their nagtive language.True,they worked hard,But they did get so-called handouts.They charged at the local food stores and other place where they needed necessities.If they were sick,they went to the doctor,whether or not they could pay up front.But,the difference is that these providers of goods and services knew that they would be paid.The doctor might have been paid partially with services provided by the family,babysitting,housework,yardwork,vegetables from the garden,etc.
marylou September 17, 2012 at 01:20 PM
The nearest subsidized housing that I know of is for senior citizens.Most of them have no cars at all.They are provided a bus to do their weekly grocery shopping at Shop-Rite,not Whole Foods
Peter Koenig September 17, 2012 at 02:38 PM
I don't mean to sound patronizing. I have a background in comparative economic systems, with a concentration in the economics of development. Reading Friedrich Hayek (whom free-marketeers like me enjoy) and especially Bela Balassa (a free-marketeer with direct experience in the failure of Communism in a post-industrial society - and my favorite college professor), one sees that Communism is a pre-industrial phenomenon. Among its many failings is the inability to grasp that, in a highly-developed economy, directly productive capital (think factories) becomes secondary to skilled labor; a middle class evolves; service occupations supplant traditional factory jobs. This is the opposite of the Marxist concept of alienation: instead of the "proletariat" becoming increasingly numerous and poorer, the "proletariat" basically disappears. This is not yet happening in China, but it probably will - and when it does, the better-educated and more prosperous "masses" will demand greater freedom. I do not believe that the "mega corps and banks" are behind the service-economy evolution. They would prefer that the US depended upon big factories and capital investment, which they would own and finance. From the Marxian percpective - again, absolutely not my perspective - the greedy capitalists are the cause of alienation. So: Communism is pre-industrial; it fails after industrialization; the US's move toward a service economy is a good thing.
Phil September 17, 2012 at 02:50 PM
@jerseyswamps, you do realize that governors, including Mitt Romney, Bobby Jindhal and Rick Scott asked the Obama administration to lessen the reforms for welfare system, right?


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